Pre-First Day of School

Tuesday night I greatly enjoyed putting out the children’s school surprises at their places at the table for them to discover when they awoke on our pre-first day of school the next day.

School Surprises
More School Surprises

During my one-on-one meeting with each of the school-age children on that pre-first day of school, we go over all they need to know and get set up for their new school year. In our new book, Managers of Their Schools, we go into much more detail about our pre-first day of school.

Anna and Mom's School Meeting
Jesse and Mom's School Meeting

As we begin our twenty fourth year of homeschooling, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to continue to homeschool our children. Four have graduated, and we have four more to go.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Trusting in Jesus,

10 thoughts on “Pre-First Day of School”

  1. I LOVE that idea of having a pre-first day of school! We have already been in school for the 08-09 year since the beginning of July so I will have to tuck this away for next year. 🙂 Thank you so much for all you do to encourage us homeschool families! You are a real blessing! We are hoping to make it to the NC conference – praying hard that the Lord will allow it. 🙂
    Vania M

  2. Yes its time to start into the books again! We enjoy your blog, it is a great encouragement for those striving to walk on the narrow path that leads to life everlasting. We were wondering how the grandbaby is doing? We would love to see more pictures and updates about your miracle baby.
    God Bless from Saskatchewan Canada
    We are hopeful for an update pretty soon.

  3. What a great idea. Our family will be starting it’s 7th year of homeschooling on Monday and I think I will sit with each one before hand.
    I saw you speak last year in Rhode Island and enjoyed your family so much. I have many of your books and love them!

  4. You just can’t imagine how excited I am about the new resource. It’s like waiting for Christmas! Please Hurry.

  5. How many hours a day do you school? I’m sure it varies with the ages. Do you participate in co-ops? One more question – How’s Nathan and Melanie’s little angel doing?
    We go into great detail in the Managers of Their Schools book to answer those questions. It was because we received many, many, similar questions that we wrote the book. Well actually, Abigail isn’t in that book . She is doing great. Nathan said he wanted to do a blog post with pictures so that should be coming sometime.

    In Christ Jesus,

  6. Thank you for the photos of your family’s surprise piles. We are facinated to know what is in the packages. What a good idea to have a day to introduce the new books and studies of the year.
    Love in the Lord
    Managers of Their Schools goes into great detail about this, but they are school supplies, maybe a treat, and something else the children may need.
    In Christ Jesus,

  7. We have been using your ideas for 1st day of school traditions for years now and love it! (you must have mentioned these things in one of your other books?) Our children really enjoy “opening” their new school supplies, having a special breakfast, getting their photo taken, and getting measured on the wall in the basement. My one-on-one meeting with the kids includes going over the new schedule and new chore packs – which I don’t let them see until the first day of school. I can’t wait to read your new book! I have gleaned SO much from the things the Lord has prompted you to share. Thank you!

  8. Thanks for your encouraging site. Several friends decided to stop homeschooling recently and it’s discouraging. I know we all have to follow God’s leading for our families but we’re saddened nonetheless. Sometimes it feels like we’re bombarded by the subtle influences of the public school systems, cyber schools and the push for preschool and all day kindergarten. Even in areas you’re not expecting.

  9. So fun to see your school surprises. We have done something similar every year. When the girls were little, I sewed something new for them “on the sly” and set it out to wear on the first day. Those were the days I could do fittings on sleeping youngsters in the night. Boy! Could they sleep!

    Did I see Pop Tarts? 🙂
    It’s true :0

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